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John Boyega To Headline BBC Drama On 2008 "Honeytrap Murder" Of 16-Year-Old

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act March 6, 2012 at 9:29AM

A rather sad, sad real-life story.
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Boyega Townsend

A rather sad, sad real-life story.

John Boyega (Attack The Block, Da Brick) will star in an upcoming BBC3 docu-drama production based on the on the 2008 murder of teenager Shakilus Townsend titled My Murder.

Also known as the "Honeytrap murder," the production will tell the true story of how then 16-year-old Shakilus Townsend was lured to his death by a girl he really liked (Samantha Joseph, also 16), and whom he apparently thought felt the same way about him, but clearly didn't.

The disturbing act by Samantha Joseph was all in an attempt to get back with her older ex boyfriend, Danny McLean. The story goes that she was dating both Townsend and McLean simultaneously, McLean eventually found out and dumped her. She wanted him back, and essentially made a pact with McLean that she'd bring Townsend to him for what was to be a thrashing.

Joseph lead Townsend to McLean, his brothers and friends (members of a South London gang), where he was beaten with a baseball bat. and stabbed in the chest five times; he later died from huge amounts of blood loss.

The group responsible for his death, including the young lady who willingly lead him to it, were all convicted of murder in 2009.

In the BBC3 project, John Boyega will play Shakilus Townsend, Simona Zivkovska as Samantha Joseph, and Malachi Kirby as the older Danny McLean.

Levi David Addai wrote the script, which will promarily follow those 3 three key characters.

Scheduled for a March 26th air date, the will "get behind the headlines of the murder using a hard-hitting script and documentary techniques."

I found the below BBC News report on the real-life story:

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